Saved by kicker's off day
PUBLISHED: 09:00 10 December 2008 | UPDATED: 22:46 15 June 2010
Honiton 1st XV moved up to fourth in the league with a 24-14 win over Totnes.
Honiton 1st XV moved up to fourth in the league with a 24-14 win over Totnes. Tries from Harrison, Findlay, Dobson and Nex proved enough to see off the South Devon side on a wet day at Alhallows.The game started in rather scrappy fashion, with a lot of loose ball on the floor and hands in the wrong places. If the Totnes ten had his kicking boots with him, the home side would have found themselves six points adrift. However, it was Harrison who opened the scoring for Honiton, finishing some good hands and quick ball in the build up, when he crashed over from three metres out. Totnes soon replied with a try after some prolonged pressure, the home side's good defending keeping them at bay for a period. The score was converted before Honiton saw Findlay finish another good move, which had been started by Hannay in the centre. Having broken the gain line, Hannay off-loaded and, following a few more deft touches, Findlay crashed over 15 yards right of the posts. Totnes finished the half all square, 10-10, slotting a penalty over from distance. Honiton took control in the second half, Nex kicking well for territory and Honiton applying decent amounts of pressure. The away side's number 10 kicked his team out of danger several times before Honiton made the breakthrough. Hannay's dummy run provided space for Nex and he crossed under the posts and duly converted his own score. The visitors' kicker was having an off day and missed five or so kicks. Had he converted those chances the final score would have been quite different. As the game entered the final quarter a turnover on the half way presented Honiton with a broken field and they made hay accordingly. They moved the ball to the right hand side quickly and Sampson found Dobson who scored 15 yards right of the posts. Nex converted the try superbly to provide his side with a cushion of sorts. Parkyn replaced the impressive, returning Stuart Terry on the flank for a good last 20 and Vallender switched with Wilson. Vallender, however, was on the field for no more than five minutes as he was sin binned for an offside offence. Findlay was also in the bin with the Totnes number 13 for an off-the-ball altercation.Totnes kicked a penalty to narrow the gap, but the win never looked in doubt. Honiton will need to improve if they are to proceed any further next week in the cup, but a win's and win.